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Mari Tomasi Papers

 Collection
Identifier: mss-155

Scope and Content Note

The Mari Tomasi Papers contain drafts of two or her novels, Deep Grow the Roots and Like Lesser Gods, some records of the Poetry Society of Vermont, and several later articles and short stories, including "The Italian Story in Vermont" and "Happy Gifts to the Little King."

Dates

  • 1940-1963

Creator

Access:

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights:

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Curator of Manuscripts.

Biographical Note

Mari Tomasi was born in Montpelier, Vermont on January 30, 1907. She attended the local school and then went on to Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts and then Trinity College in Burlington. Her early goal in life was to study medicine, but she later decided upon teaching. Despite these goals, writing was her main interest, and she left Trinity to write for newspapers and magazines. She published her first novel, Deep Grow the Roots, in 1940, and the following year she received a Breadloaf Writer's Conference Fellowship. During these years, she was city editor for the Montpelier Evening Argus and was a member of the Vermont Writers Project.

Tomasi's next novel, Like Lesser Gods, was published in 1949. It concerns the granite workers of Barre, Vermont, and the many dangers and health hazards suffered by the Italians in Barre. The granite quarries were one of Tomasi's main interests, for much of her writing was concerned with the flow of Italians to New England and especially Vermont.

In addition to the two novels, Tomasi wrote short stories, newspaper and magazine articles and edited the Vermont State Welfare magazine. She also served, for a short time, as city representative to the Vermont General Assembly. She was very active in the Poetry Society of Vermont, and she submitted several poems to P.S.O.V. contests. After a brief illness, Mari Tomasi died on November10, 1965 in Burlington, Vermont.

Extent

0.4 Linear Feet (1 box)

Overview

The Mari Tomasi Papers contain drafts of two or her novels, Deep Grow the Roots and Like Lesser Gods, some records of the Poetry Society of Vermont, and several later articles and short stories, including "The Italian Story in Vermont" and "Happy Gifts to the Little King."

Physical Location

Library Research Annex; contact uvmsc@uvm.edu for access.

Acquisition Information

Gift of the Tomasi family, Andrew C., Bert J., Ernest P. and Marguerite D. Tomasi, Montpelier, Vermont, November 1967.
Title
Mari Tomasi Papers
Status
Completed
Author
Processor: P. Greene.
Date
2003
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the University of Vermont Libraries, Special Collections Repository

Contact:
Silver Special Collections Library
48 University Place, Room B201
Burlington Vermont 05405 U.S.A. US
(802) 656-2138
(802) 656-4038 (Fax)